It is ok to feel emotionally or physically affected by the impact of COVID-19 and there is support available. If you are feeling stressed or anxious and feel you are not coping, it’s important to seek help and support. In an emergency or crisis situation you must call 000.
To help keep a healthy headspace during this time, it’s important to stay connected to family and friends, eat well and ensure you stay active.
Here are some simple tips to help reduce worry and stress and maintain a healthy mindset:
Local community organisations are working together to keep you safe, informed and connected at this time. They have developed a Health and Wellbeing resource pack designed to provide information on the importance of looking after your mental health and staying connected particularly for the vulnerable or isolated community. To view a printable version of this resource please click here.
Alternatively Mount Alexander Shire residents can request a resource pack be posted by contacting us by:
Phone: 1800 512 446 (Freecall) Monday to Friday (8.30am to 5.00pm)
If you need support, information, advice on who to contact or what to do, or simply need to talk to someone who will listen, call the friendly staff at CHIRP Community Health on (03) 5479 1000 - 9am to 5pm (Monday - Friday).
Castlemaine Library is offering a friendly weekly or fortnightly phone call to those needing comfort and connection. To sign up to this service contact the library on 5472 1458 or email email@example.com.
Australian Red Cross - COVID Connect also have volunteers that are happy to call you – once or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection.
COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross, for adults of all ages, to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.
It is available to anyone who is not in regular social contact with is experiencing isolation or loneliness. Call 1800 733 276 or register online at: www.redcross.org.au
(Note: It is not a service for people wanting assistance with their mental health or those who require assistance in a crisis).
There are many other helpful resources and help available on-line. Below is a list of links that may be useful to improve your mental wellbeing and assist you to cope better during COVID-19.